Squalicum High School

February 21, 2020

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Week of February 24-28

Monday, February 24 - A Day

Tuesday, February 25 - B Day

Wednesday, February 26 - A Day

Thursday, February 27 - B Day

Friday, February 28 - A Day

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Dear Squalicum Families,

We are settled in to second semester now and the early spring activities are beginning. Our boys swim team, and boys and girls wrestling teams are wrapping up their seasons this weekend (February 20-22) at State. Congrats to both teams for qualifying individuals in their events. Spring sports are just around the corner and there are hundreds of students signed up to participate. On the academic side, our students have begun selecting their classes for next year and students in grades 10 and 11 will be participating in the annual Smarter Balanced Assessments to meet graduation requirements.

State testing is a required part of the High School experience for all students in grade 10 and 11. Students in grade 10 will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment in math and English/language arts and students in grade 11 will take an assessment in science. Furthermore, students in grades 11 and 12 may retake the math and ELA tests in order to meet graduation requirements if they were not successful in grade 10. Any student in grade 11 that would like to take the SBA Math or SBA ELA should contact their counselor or Mr. Atkins as soon as possible as the retakes occur in mid-March. The testing dates are:

  • Retakes for students in Grade 11 (and a few students in grade 12)
  • March 10 – 13, 16 – 19, 24 – 27.

  • SBA ELA offered in English 201 classes (all students in grade 10)
  • April 16 – 27

  • SBA Math offered in a variety of math classes (all students in grade 10)
  • May 18 – 26

  • WCAS Science offered in a variety of science classes (all students in grade 11)
  • June 2 – 5

Spring sports will begin their practice schedules starting March 2. Students who have questions about eligibility should stop by the main office and talk with Ms. Behee. This Spring, Baseball and Fastpitch will have transportation provided to all practice sites. If you have any questions, please contact the Athletics and Activities Coordinator, Patrick Brown.

As always, we are grateful to you for allowing us the privilege of educating your children. We hope this Spring is filled with great anticipation and opportunity.


Marty Atkins

SQHS Drama Presents "All the Great Books"

Are you confused by Confucius and perplexed by Plato? Maybe you’re dazed by Dickens or thoroughly thrown by Thoreau? Then come and join the players of the Squalicum High School Drama Club as they take you on a ninety-eight minute roller-coaster ride through some of the world’s greatest literature! Sit back and get ready to experience some of these timeless classics as you never have before! If you’re looking for a fast-paced zany comedy, laugh-out-loud moments, memorable characters, and physical humor, then this is show is for you! Don’t miss this witty and wacky show – go to the following link to purchase your ticket(s) now! https://squalicum.booktix.com/

Surplus Book Sale

Pursuant to RCW 28A.335.180, surplus textbooks and instructional materials will be available, to any student desiring to purchase them for the period from Wednesday, February 19, 2020 to Thursday, March 19, 2020.

A complete list of surplus books and instructions for purchasing items can be found on the district website: http://bellinghamschools.org/about/departments/business-services/surplus-book-sale/ . Please use link or search “surplus book sale”.

Did you know that April 1, 2020 is Census Day?

The U.S. Census Bureau will send you an invitation to respond online to the 2020 Census between March 12-20. Responding to the Census helps our community get its fair share of funding. Census data guides how more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed to states and communities each year for schools, health care facilities, roads, transportation, recreation centers, social services and more.

Starting in March 2020, everyone living in your home needs to be counted. That includes children and newborn babies, citizens and non citizens, relatives and non relatives, and even those staying with you temporarily. You can complete the Census online, by phone or by mail. Your responses are safe and secure. The law requires the U.S. Census Bureau to keep your information confidential, and your responses cannot be used against you in any way.

Learn more about how you can shape your future at 2020census.gov.

Freshmen Parent Information!!

Believe it or not, the counseling office has started working on registration for next years classes with your freshmen! Since this is a new process for them, we have lots of extra supports in place. Here are the important tips to know:

  • We have updated the SQHS Counseling Webpage to have all the resources they need in 1 place: scheduling video and instructions, planning sheets, course list and the catalog.
  • Freshmen have been shown a scheduling video in their Storm classes and learned about elective classes.
  • Over the past few weeks, we have been working with all 9th graders on their 4-year course plan - so ask our student to show you their sophomore year schedule plan in their High School and Beyond Plan for reference.
  • Counselors will be coming to all the Storm, AW and AVID classes to meet with all students and review/ help with registration between now and March 27th.
  • It doesn’t matter if they are the 1st or last class we meet with as we are building a framework of what classes students want to take- not scheduling students into class periods at this point.
  • Drivers Ed is a regular class that students can select at this time as an elective class.

We’re looking forward towards a great sophomore year for the class of 2020!

From your SQHS Counseling Team


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Hey Freshman! Are you looking for an awesome way to build leadership skills and attend a memorable event? Squalicum is hosting our first ever Community Leadership Workshop.

This is a FREE event and we encourage you to give it a try!

Please email mcdevian000@bellinghamschools.org or contact your Storm Mentors if you’re interested!

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Scholarship Update for Seniors

Scholarship season is upon us!

Please continue to check the scholarship bulletin on the school website, we are updating weekly! Pay special attention to:

Leadership Growth Opportunity For High School Juniors


Evergreen Girls State, June 14, - June 20, 2020 at Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA, Sylvia Jensen Unit 7, Chairman

Evergreen Boys State, June21, - June 27, 2020 at Warm Beach Conference Center, Stanwood, WA, Larry Sperry, Post 7, Chairman

Both of these long standing Patriotic Leadership programs of the American Legion and Auxiliary are providing these opportunities for local students. This once in a lifetime opportunity can change the lives of young people and make the future of this country brighter.

For students, these programs aim to simulate and emulate Washington State government through a fun and engaging summer program. They will have an opportunity to construct city, county and state governments. Activities include running for office, court proceedings, creating and enforcing laws and court operations, and fun celebrations. They will learn public speaking skills, experience how government works, get inspired by guest speakers, have fun and make new friends for life.

These programs develop civic leadership and pride in young American citizenship.
It is our earnest hope that each young person attending Evergreen Boys or Girls State will return to their communities as better citizen. We desire to arouse in them, a personal desire to demonstrate this fact by their willingness to make civic contributions that will help to make their communities a better place in which all may live.


Scholarship funding may be available for both programs.

For more information:

Evergreen Girls State contact Sylvia Jensen at asjen@comcast.net or ph. 360 739 1298 or any American Legion Auxiliary Unit 7 Members.

Evergreen Boys State go to www.evergreenboysstate.org

Young men should apply on line, all of the program particular are on the website. Or contact Larry Sperry at lgsperry@msn.com or ph. 360 305 4334 or any Post 7 member.


North Cascades Institute

Applications are now open for the Youth Leadership Adventures Program! 2020 trip dates are: July 7-13 (8-day), July 23-30 (8-day) and August 12-23 (12-day). On our immersive 8 or 12-day backcountry trip students will canoe, backpack, camp and complete stewardship projects in the North Cascades mountains. It is an incredible opportunity to meet new people, practice leadership skills, learn about plants, animals & people in the North Cascades ecosystem, talk about sustainability and climate change, and earn community service hours. Food, gear and transportation is provided, and scholarships are available! For more information and to apply, visit our website ncascades.org/signup/youth/YLA. Applications are due on March 30

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PTSA Update

True Blue & Silver Dinner and Auction

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The Squalicum High School PTSA is kicking it up this year with our True Blue & Silver Dinner and Auction!! Join us in your casual attire, at our new location for some fabulous music, dinner, silent and live auction and best of all - we've got a seat for you!

Register today at https://www.auctria.com/auction/STORMAUCTION2020

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Class of 2020 Resources and Timeline:

Our Class Calendar can be found here:


Storm Plush Blankets

Squalicum Storm Stadium Blankets are now available for purchase online! These 60" x 80" blankets are perfect for football games, cozy nights at home, or to wrap up in around the campfire. Made with a silky soft to the touch proprietary polyester blend to create an incredibly warm yet washable blanket material. Don't miss out! Purchase your stadium blanket today. We'll deliver anywhere in the Bellingham School District.



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